Astronauts hailed as heroes 50 years after historic moon landing

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  • Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

Visitors participate in an Apollo 11 virtual reality ride on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, U.S., July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Capping a week of celebrations over the historic Apollo 11 mission, Vice President Mike Pence joined astronaut Buzz Aldrin on Saturday at the launch pad in Florida that sent the moonwalker and his two crew mates to space for humankind's first steps on the lunar surface 50 years ago.

Pence joined NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon behind his fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing that enthralled people around the world in 1969.

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